El Chupacabra: The Goat Killer

There is a creature that resides in the southern United States and much of Latin America and has been terrorizing farmers’ livestock for many years. This strange creature has the ability to suck every last drop of blood out of a full-grown bull. What could this strange creature be? Is it an undiscovered creature, an alien from a distant planet, or just a coyote with a bad case of mange? The answer is up for debate, but I think we should dive a little deeper into this legend and see if we can’t shed some light on this strange cryptid. I am of course talking about the famed “Chupacabra”.

What is a Chupacabra though? The mythical Chupacabra seems to have many different appearances depending on who you ask. Some accounts say it looks like a coyote with mange or another quadruped with an alien-like appearance with spines on its back. Others say it looks more like a bigfoot creature. One thing is for sure, it is definitely a creepy creature. This strange-looking creature comes from Mexican legend but is claimed to be seen all over Central America and the southern United States. It even has been claimed to have shown up in some Carribean islands such as Puerto Rico. As for the origin of the name Chupacabra is Spanish for “Goat Sucker”. Based on the name you can probably guess what the Chupacabra is known for, which is sucking all of the blood from goats. Interestingly enough, when a Chupacabra drains its prey it leaves three holes in the victim’s necks. This strange manner of feeding has only added to the legend of this terrifying beast.

For this creature to have any credibility there would have to have some kind of historical record of the beast. Lucky for us there are a few. One of the most exciting sightings was in November of 1995. By this time the Chupacabra was well known and was blamed for the killings of multiple turkeys, rabbits, dogs, cats, and even some livestock. Even more frightening in the same month, it was reported that a Chupacabra ripped open a farmhouse window and mutilated a stuffed teddy bear, and then vanished into the wilderness. It left little evidence except for a puddle of green slime and a chunk of white rancid meat.

Other Sightings such as the ones in the village of Sinaloa, Mexico add to the danger of the creature further. In this instance, many villagers were finding dead goats and decided to make a search party for the creature. In this same month, it was reported that the creature had actually attacked a person. This escalation of hostilities made the villagers more afraid of this unknown menace. This, however, was not the end of the Chupacabra coming into contact with people. That same year the Espinoza family had an eerie encounter with the Chupacabra. At 2 A.M. on May 9th, 1996 the Espinoza family woke to the door of their house being opened. When they raced out to investigate the noise they saw a medium-sized creature standing around 3 to 4 feet tall. They said it was gesturing and mumbling, seemingly trying to communicate. Later that morning a boy in the same house claimed that the creature was standing on his bed and then on his chest. The oldest and youngest of the family also noticed the smell of wet dog.

Even with all of these terrifying accounts of the Chupacabra, it hasn’t stopped people from using its legend and likeness to sell merchandise. In fact, after a man claimed to have killed a Chupacabra, the myth went into the national news and garnered Cuero with a lot of media attention. The man sold shirts and other merchandise with the image of the “specimen” that he had killed. Other forms of merchandise such as collectible vinyl figures. It has also shown up in many T.V. series such as X-files and Grimm.

The question still remains, is this murderer of livestock real or just a myth to explain the strange killing of goats? The Chupacabra has shown up in modern pop culture and many do think it is real. There have been many sightings of this creature throughout history, however the reports of how the creature looks and its mannerisms differ wildly between stories. It is rarely agreed upon what this beast looks like ranging from a canine with mange to a bipedal alien-like creature with spines. It is true however, that there could be certain species of animals out in the desert that we haven’t found yet and El Chupacabra may be one of those creatures. Until then we may never know what this creature is.

The existence of the El Chupacabra is debated by many. With as many varying accounts on what the creature looks like and its mannerisms, it’s easy to see why no one can agree if it is real or not. Is it just a mangy coyote or is it a new species of creature hell-bent on drinking the blood of local livestock? Let me know what you think in the comments below!